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warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 22-May-2019 23:28 Message #4740523
Don't think it is very likely that Her Majesty will take long-term advantage of Sains*ury's introduction to a Self-Service Check-Out today, but
how do you find the experience ?

The shape of things-to-come ?

An inefficient machine that deprives people of a job ?

A speedy element helping you to the completion of an irksome chore ?

. . .
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 23-May-2019 06:47 Message #4740527
Sometimes there's and advantage to them, other times a total pain.

I sometimes use them when I'm a bit disorganised and have got to sort a few things into different bags etc...I can take my time...and don't feel the same 'pressure' as you do when the 'checkout person' is 'professionally' flying your items through at the speed of sound...

Having to call someone across though, often annoys me...then it happens again...and again...

Although I haven't tried 'stealing' anything, I sometimes think that the thieves must be having a field day...I know certain things are in place to stop thieving, but it doesn't seem very foolproof...I think I would make a good security guard...or a bad one...whichever way you look at it...I often 'suspect' people of not scanning their cabbage..or their suppositories, or something...I'm on the case...

As for the Queen, I'm not sure whether she should already know about these things or not...On the one hand, she's in her 90's anyway, on the other hand she is the Queen and should be 'in touch' with what us plebs have to put up with...but on the other hand ( I think the inbreeding causes an extra hand ), supermarkets don't tend to sell Roast Swan and other Royal delicacies, so she would normally shop elsewhere anyway.
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 23-May-2019 07:32 Message #4740529
I usually avoid the ones in B and Q because there is always a problem and the woman machine thing shouts at you.
If you buy something light (in weight), scan it, then put it in the bagging area, the machine doesn't recognise it and keeps telling you to put the item in the bagging area.
Shouting, "I've put it in the bagging area you stupid bleep bleep bleep" never solves the problem and the woman machine, gets the hump, throws a wobbler and her traffic lights start flashing.
Just like a typical woman, she then stops talking to you completely and you have to wait for grey haired old Frank in his orange apron to come and calm her down, tell her you didn't mean it and that you're sorry.
To make matters worse, as you head out the store all stressed and frazzled, you get some numpty thrusting a leaflet in your face and trying to sell you a conservatory.
I've given up explaining I live in a first floor flat...
barney  Male  Surrey 23-May-2019 10:04 Message #4740530
The Queen is probably like me and thinking sod it I will probably be dead before it impacts on me lol.
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 23-May-2019 10:11 Message #4740531
I will head for the self-service tills everytime if they're available. But then I don't get a trolley load of shopping from just 1 store (but it is a particular bug bear when someone is occupying the self service with a trolley load of stuff, which I think should be reserved for people with only a few items).
Most tills are much better now that early problems with the software like not recognising reduced items/weights etc seem to have been sorted out.
In variably there are 1 or 2 staff there to help out with any issues, assistance or items requiring e.g age specific authorisation for alcohol/dvd's etc, so don't see them as depriving someone of a job.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 23-May-2019 10:35 Message #4740535
I don't use them unless theres huge queues at the normal checkouts, I do think they're taking jobs, the 1 or 2 people who authorise booze and knives are also supervising the normal tills. I like the little bit of human contact I have with staff in an increasingly dehumanised world, its nice to have a bit of a chat and a giggle.
warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 23-May-2019 15:38 Message #4740545
With only limited experience of SSCO machines which involved a disembodied voice (apparently) trying to berate me for some misdemeanor or transgression (inability to make out what was being said probably as much down to my cloth ears as the machine's shortcomings - and no subtitles !) even eventual human intervention did not lead me to believe that they're a 'good thing'.

I once saw a woman being invited (lured ?) towards the SSCO location, who responded with: 'If I wanted to work for #@!&%'s supermarket, I'd apply for the job'. Now while that expressed a sentiment that I have sympathy with, the manner of her delivery to an employee trying to be helpful was, in it's most favourable interpretation, unnecessary.

There are, it seems, many people who seek to avoid human interaction; for my part, even the minimal contact with others in a queue and the till operator is welcome - and it gives me a chance to practice my mental arithmetic. Never mind the alacrity with which items come flying towards you while you're packing - nobody, but nobody, will be going anywhere until you are ready to pay.
Witheflow  Male  North Yorkshire 23-May-2019 16:46 Message #4740547
I'm with wonderhousen. Self Service in a self obsessed world, saddens me. But I totally respect Self Service being an option, for the self obsessed. Neo liberalism and consumerism promotes and influences us to be obsessed with self. Unconditioning oneself, is a hell of a task. Undoing all the lies and BS we've been fed, will see a rise in breakdowns in society. As they re-centre themselves and find truth again. But I do enjoy glancing over at the robot pen at the supermarket, whilst engaging with another soul and knowing they are employed and respected. Mental health issues are rising and funding is being deprived by Terresa May's political agenda and social policies. People are flipping and needing support. So there is going to be a bigger demand than there already is, for Mental health care personel in the future. On the bright side, her governments soon to sink. Then we can have unprivatised true health care for all. At the expense of the greedy and tax avoiding rich, who happen to be of Terresa May's ilk.
persona_non_grata  Male  North London 23-May-2019 17:09 Message #4740549
Bet you're a bundle of fun.

I just shop.

Sometimes I use the scanners but mostly I queue at the checkout. No big deal either way but it's good to have the choice.
barney  Male  Surrey 23-May-2019 17:31 Message #4740550
Only withtheflow/Goodto BeWith could turn a trip to the supermarket into a party political broadcast.
Witheflow  Male  North Yorkshire 23-May-2019 17:42 Message #4740551
Ha Ha. I can assure you, I am not goodtobewith, or whoever the paranoid peddelers say i am. I'm afraid the system we live in, is riddled with politics and control. You only don't see it, when you are doing it obediently.
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 23-May-2019 17:45 Message #4740553
Yeah old steptoe will nationalise everything, cut the working week to three days and all checkouts will have 3 members of staff at all times. Plus, the living wage will be £25 per hour.
We will worry about paying for it all some other time... Vote Labour folks!...
Witheflow  Male  North Yorkshire 23-May-2019 17:51 Message #4740554
Hysterical fear mongering is pointless now Hiero. Corbyns a Russian spy and he ate my hamster is for the birds. It failed and people see through it now. As a matter of truth. The national debt has tripled under the tory party you so obediently defend. Maybe it's time you were on the mend.
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 23-May-2019 18:25 Message #4740555
Yes, sadly people have bought into Corbyn's lies and he will be our PM, sooner rather than later. Oh well, they'll see...

NotHermit  Male  Derbyshire 23-May-2019 19:52 Message #4740563
I used to like Andy Capp.
Witheflow  Male  North Yorkshire 23-May-2019 20:49 Message #4740564
“When I was young, you were told that if you had a skill, you would find a job for life and you could bring up a family on the wage. There has been an inexorable change from that security to the insecurity where people can be hired and fired at a day’s notice, where the employer makes no commitment to how much work you’ll get, and the worker takes all the risk. It’s not capitalism ‘failing’, it’s capitalism working as it always will.” Ken Loach.

He continued: “fundamentally restructure” society. One positive in that regard, he said, is the current Labour party. “The only bright spark on the horizon in the last few years in Britain is that we’ve had a left[wing] leadership in the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell,” he said. “And they promise to cut back the power of capital. The lies and attacks on them, the smears on them have been extraordinary. And they will get worse.”

“If they seriously attempt to lower the power of capital, to restore security of work, to change that balance of power, to give power back to people, they will face unprecedented attacks and all kinds of undercover smears.” Ken Loach 2019. Do you see what you are doing Hiero? Merely peddling the smears and lies the establishment want you to think.
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 23-May-2019 21:13 Message #4740565
I know it's a left wing belief that they are smart and right and the rest of us are stupid and wrong - it's one of the many things I despise about socialism.
I can think for myself thanks, I see Corbyn and McDonnell, I see who's behind them and how they will come crawling out of the woodwork when Labour gain power.
The unions will take over and everybody will be tied up in red tape - if you don't work or are retired you'll be fine, if you work for a living, as I do, you will soon realise that socialism chokes business and business pays people's wages.
I endured the 70's, it was crap and I don't want to go back there, unfortunately that's exactly where Corbyn wants to take us.
Anyway, like I said, all these people who think Corbyn is some modern day messiah will discover very quickly that he is nothing more than a charlatan.

I think it's time I checked out...
Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 23-May-2019 21:30 Message #4740566
I also remember those terrible Labour years and wouldn’t want to see anything like that again. That’s why I fear Corbyn and his cronies. The left seem completely blinkered.

Back to supermarkets. I don’t do anything technical but when others use the quick scanners it leaves the queue quieter for me.
barney  Male  Surrey 23-May-2019 21:44 Message #4740567
I am quite looking forward to a Labour Government, it will show all the people who back Labour, especially the youngsters what life is like under them and prove us that who have experienced it are right to fear it.
I do feel sorry for those that are working, taxpayers, savers and those paying a pension.
Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire 23-May-2019 21:53 Message #4740568
A stream of foul mouthed expletives usually makes the assistant scurry over to do it for me to shut me up. Job sorted.
tsunamiwarrior  Male  Hertfordshire 23-May-2019 23:02 Message #4740569
It’s GoodtobewiththeFlow Barney lol.
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 24-May-2019 11:23 Message #4740579
"Do you see what you are doing Hiero? Merely peddling the smears and lies the establishment want you to think. "

Ha ha... Lefties come out with comments like that all the time, but Corbyn is as much a part of the establishment as anybody else...
Witheflow  Male  North Yorkshire 24-May-2019 13:27 Message #4740582
"Unexpected item in the bagging area!"
I notice you were born in 1966 Hiero. Yet you claim to have suffered in the 1970's. You were a child then and still only 13 when Thatcher came to power. You must have had a hard paper round. Leftie and Righty is a rather silly and petty term to play this. It's moral verses immoral. The ruling elite want you to attack redistribution of wealth and fairness. You are a great chairleader for them. Shall we hold a memorial for terresa mays demise? After all, self pity and self serving is linked to, her self service check out. Beep Beep! Have a nice day :)
Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 24-May-2019 13:38 Message #4740583
Yeah I'm a conservative and I'm poor, how weird is that huh? I wish I could afford to smoke like you.
I'm old enough to remember how shit it was during the late 70's, unions holding the country to ransom for a "fair" deal. Sadly their concept of fair was doing fuck all for as much money as possible - a common socialist trait.
Of course, Mr Corbyn as a backbench MP knows all about that...

Beep Beep! Don't forget to swipe your clubcard.
Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 24-May-2019 13:38 Message #4740584
Why do boring trolls feel the necessity to spoil any conversation to push their petty agendas.

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